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Killer Dill

Published 1947
Topics comedy

Door-to-door salesman Johnny Dill, the exact double of a notorious gangster, finds himself struck between the forces of good and evil.

You can find more information regarding this film on its IMDb page.

Producer Max M. King
Production Company Nivel Pictures
Audio/Visual sound, b&w


Produced by Max M. King

Directed by Lewis D. Collins

Writers - Alan Friedman (story), John O'Dea

Stuart Erwin - Johnny Dill
Anne Gwynne - Judy Parker
Frank Albertson - William T. Allen
Mike Mazurki - Little Joe
Milburn Stone - Maboose
Dorothy Granger - Millie Gardner
Anthony Warde - Louie Moroni
Dewey Robinson - Magow the House Detective
Ben Welden - Nick Moroni
Julie Gibson - Joan the Model
Shirley Hunter - Gloria
Lola Jensen - The Other Model with Joan
Margaret Zane - Girl with Gloria
Stanley Ross - Mushnose


Reviewer: Geostrategic - - July 13, 2010
Subject: Very funny
Great cast of actors who usually play in real gangster /Film Noir pictures, such as Mike Mazurki, Anthony Warde and Ben Welden made this parody even more funny.
Reviewer: katpooh9 - - July 12, 2009
Subject: Good movie
I enjoyed watching Milburn Stone. His mannerisms are quite familiar as Doc Adams.
Reviewer: HaarFager872 - - March 11, 2008
Subject: What a great movie!
This was such a great movie! The little touches here and there are what put it over for my giving it a five-star rating. Like the obvious spoof of James Cagney in the movie The Public Enemy. Without giving too much away, let me just say that you won't be wasting your time to download this movie and watch it. You'll enjoy it all the way through. I also think this has the potential to be a very funny remake, if it was done today and if done right. Hollywood.... are you listening?
Reviewer: 78153 - - June 5, 2006
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Reviewer: billbarstad - - January 11, 2006
Subject: Another Gem
There aren't too many really good movies here, but this is one. I was bemused all the way through this fine comedy.

The description given for this film is wrong. He is not an exact double for a gangster. A lingerie salesman, tired of being a nice guy and fearful of losing his girl, sees if he can act the tough guy by pretending to be a gangster and trouble ensues.

I watched the mpeg1. The audio and video are good.
Reviewer: lazy j - - January 8, 2006
Subject: pretty good for a b flick
i thought the gags were pretty clever, and the plot, while silly, was pretty decent.
onther "guy gets mistaken for famous guy" movie, but not bad at all...
Reviewer: jimelena - - December 19, 2005
Subject: Nice flick
Sometimes we find a good movie rated too low, like this one. Watch it and rate it high so more people will want to see it.
Reviewer: Spuzz - - November 16, 2005
Subject: Waaaa Waaaa WaaaaaaÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ.
Killer Dill is similar to another movie IÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂve seen recently, ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂBabyface MorganÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ about a regular schmo who is somewhat placed into the criminal underworld by accident, to hilarious results! In Killer DillÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs case though, the results are pretty lame though. A regular guy, played by Stuart Ervin, is fighting with his brother for the attention of a goil. She likes adventure in her men, and Ervin isnÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂt cutting it. However, when he notices that she kind of gets off on Gangster men, he tries to be like one, and gets way over his head when the local Mafioso lay the blame on him for an inside whack job on Public Enemy # 21. (Possibly the best joke in the movie). During the trial, heÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs found innocent, but like O.J., Blake et al, everyone believes heÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs actually Guilty! So he has to prove heÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs guilty before thereÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs another inside whack job, this time on him..
This is just ok I guess. The plot is somewhat blah, the humor somewhat silly, and thereÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs some rather unnessecary characters placed for length. (Like the curiously, for no reason whatsoever, Scottish (!!) undertakers) and a rather lack of energy throughout this.
Reviewer: Travisab1 - - June 9, 2005
Subject: Hilarious 30ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs Film Made in the 40ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs...
I recognized a lot of these characters in the film and especially Milburn Stone, oleÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ Doc Adams of TVÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs Gunsmoke playing public enemy # 24. The new public enemy # 21 starring as Killer Dill, I donÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂt know his name and Little Joe always starred as the bad guy in these old moviesÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ canÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂt remember his name either. This is another one of those all star cast shows of yesteryear and their names are soon to be forgotten if we as collectors ever die off heh, heh.

Like a former fellow Old Time Movies fan mentioned in the review they made just sit back and relaxÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ enjoy the movie. It may have been a low budget movie but it had a good story, plot, suspense was there and funnier than our last baseball season. You may not laugh your head off butt youÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂll know something has tickled your funny bone.

Try it. YouÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂll like it.

Reviewer: manavkaushik - - June 7, 2005
Subject: Funny Enough
A naive salesman is off beamed for a mob hit man in this comedy of errors.

The Summery:
The film stomps a hilarity trail formerly taken by such films as "Mr. Lemon of Orange" and "The Whole Town's Talking". Stuart Erwin stars as Johnny Dill, door-to-door salesman who transpires to be the precise doppelganger of a villainous Prohibition delinquent. When the wicked chap puts to death an opponent, unfortunate Dill is certainly in a pickle. Our male protagonist finds himself stuck between the forces of good, epitomized by lawyer Allen (Frank Albertson), and the underlings of iniquity, played by such veteran movie heavies as Mike Mazurki, Anthony Warde and Ben Welden

Well ! The story goes overboard. Stuart Erwin handles role capably. Frank Albertson, the attorney, is good and a number of excellent character spots are strongly filled. Anne Gwynne has little to do as femme lead except look gorgeous. Max M. King production was well cinematographed by William Sickner.(manavkaushik at hotmail)
Reviewer: cashel - - July 2, 2004
Subject: enjoyable
The film is set in the Prohibition era ,about 1930. However it was made in 1947 and the actors clothing and the film sets are of 1947. It would have added much interest if the clothing and sets(particularly the night club scene) were authentic 1930. But this is a low budget film and the producers would not have been able to afford such extras. When I see such B Films, I just sit and enjoy the way the story unfolds,in an uncomplicated manner, aided by the skilled filmic technique. I enjoyed this comedy,
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